2005 Ford Escape LX 3L V6 from North America
Very nice small SUV with some nice special touches
The sun-roof electric switch failed. It opened OK but would not close reliably. Dealer replaced switch.
When I went looking for a car, I wanted one that fit my frame. I like to sit away from the steering wheel. The Escape was one of few I had to actually move the seat forward to comfortably fit.
I also do not like to duck getting in and out of the car. Many smaller SUVs have such low ceiling heights, I would bang my head getting in or out. The Escape has excellent clearance.
I get 20mpg average over city/highway.
Driving position is good, well above other vehicles for good visibility.
The sound system is awesome, but I have noticed the CD player seems to keep spinning the CDs even when turned off. CDs are HOT when removed from player, but I have had no problems, yet.
I wanted a tow package, but the Escape was not wired for it. Adding the receiver was not difficult, but wiring the lights was a challenge. If I had not taken one off the lot, I would have had the tow package factory-installed.
The paint is a step up and red metallic glint. Very nice. Gets good feedback from people riding and seeing it. I have had many favorable comments.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th October, 2005